The Volta River Authority (VRA) has ended the controlled spillage of excess water from the Akosombo and Kpong dams.
This follows the continued reduction of water inflow into the reservoir, with the level seen at 276.97 feet or 84.420 meters, as of the time of going to press last night.
In the last few days, VRA has also reduced the level of spillage from the two hydroelectric dams, which has subsequently led to floods downstream of the Lower Volta Basin.
As of last Friday, the water level in the Akosombo reservoir was at 277.08 feet or 84.453 meters, with the VRA recording fewer inflows compared to previous periods that occasioned the spillage of both dams to safeguard their integrity.
The exercise, which began on September 15, this year, was intensified after about three weeks to protect the integrity of the dams.
In the event, many communities in about nine districts in three regions, namely Asuogyaman, Shai Osudoku, the North Tongu, Central Tongu, South Tongu, Anlo, Keta Municipal, and Ketu South Municipal and Ada East districts, got variously flooded, displacing about 39,000 people, with submerged farmlands as cages for aquaculture on the Volta Lake being washed away.
The three Tongu districts were the most directly affected by the spillages.
VRA said it was committed to continuing its relief and rehabilitation efforts until lives and livelihoods were restored. The VRA, which issued the statement, acknowledged the various government agencies and stakeholders for their support of the impacted communities”.
The VRA set aside GH¢20 million for relief efforts, which were widely complemented by individuals, corporate bodies, religious institutions and organizations, local and foreign, to provide comfort to the people.
Last Sunday, the VRA started carrying out widespread fumigation of communities affected by the spillage downstream, especially where a significant reduction in flood levels has been recorded.
The exercise, being carried out by waste management company Zoomlion, started at Mepe in the North Tongu District and will cover communities in affected districts that were heavily affected by the spillage.
Last week, NPP Presidential Contender, Hon. Ken Agyapong, who visited the area to empathize with victims and present them with relief items, called for compensation for devastated communities.